Few self-help books have been empirically tested in clinical studies. In a study published September 1, 2010 in the Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, researchers concluded that a behavioral prescription for Feeling Good, The New Mood Therapy by David D. Burns, M.D. may be as effective as the standard of care, which commonly involves face to face therapy and antidepressant medicines (1). This is the fifth study on this landmark book which BPDFamily.com credits as being a significant catalyst in the advancement of Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) in modern clinical therapy.
This type of treatment is known as bibliotherapy. Feeling Good is the book most frequently "prescribed" by psychologists for patients undergoing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. CBT is a method developed by Aaron T. Beck in the 1960s.
David D. Burns, M.D - Visiting Scholar at the Harvard Medical School
Depression Common in Families with a person Suffering from Borderline Personality Disorder.
In a recent survey of 324 members, 72% of BPDFamily.com participant reported symptoms indicative of moderate to severe depression. Members suffer from depression after years of being in an invalidating home environment. Some have even advanced to a state of "learned helplessness". Feeling Good is the book most frequently "prescribed" by psychologists for patients undergoing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). Clinical studies have shown patient improvement by just reading the book - a treatment known as bibliotherapy. Four (4) million copies have been sold in the United States.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Techniques
The book outlines proven Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques that will help you emerge from depression and develop a more positive outlook on life. CBT is effective for:
Dealing with guilt
Handling hostility and criticism
Overcoming addiction to love and approval
In one well known part of the book, Burns discusses 10 'Cognitive Distortions'. Here, he lays out a plan for recognizing faulty thinking, how these thoughts affect our moods, and how to correct these distortions.
~ All-or-Nothing Thinking
~ Mental Filter
~ Disqualifying the Positive
~ Jumping to Conclusions
~ Magnification and Minimization
~ Emotional Reasoning
~ Should Statements
~ Labeling and Mislabeling
BPDFamily.com recommends this book to its members based on its merits. The organization has no affiliation with Dr. Burns, nor does the organization profit from the sales of this book.
# Paperback: 736 pages
# Publisher: Harper; 1980, Revised edition (October 1, 1999)
# Language: English
# ISBN-10: 0380810336
# ISBN-13: 978-0380810338
1= Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, Vol. 17, No. 3. (1 September 2010), pp. 258-271
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